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Building Bridges: Biblical Counseling Activities for Children + Teens
Lowe, Julie

Building Bridges: Biblical Counseling Activities for Children + Teens

ISBN: 9781645070504
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*Note: To access PDF versions of the activity pages from this book, please click on this link and use the password found in the back of your book to access the download.

Knowing how to approach children and teens in counseling can be a challenge. Learning to enter into their world and draw them out can sometimes feel impossible. But with Julie Lowe's Building Bridges-a practical workbook of expressive activities to do with kids and teens in counseling-you will find the biblical tools you're looking for.

Anyone who has ever heard a child say, "I don't know" in answer to a question about what they are thinking and feeling or about why they acted a certain way, will be thankful for these thoughtful, biblically wise, and creative ways to engage young people. Julie Lowe, drawing on decades of experience in counseling children has compiled helpful, practical ways to speak the gospel into children and teenager's lives. By building bridges with young people, we can build bridges with them to the Lord.

With over fifteen years of counseling experience and by working as a registered play therapist supervisor, Julie Lowe understands there is a need to speak truth and hope into the lives of children and teens in a hands-on, meaningful way. That's why the activities and reproducible worksheets in?Building Bridges can be used over and over in multiple contexts.

As part of CCEF's Helping the Helper series, this workbook walks counselors, teachers, parents, and caregivers through the rationale for expressive activities, provides examples, and then shows counselors how to do it themselves. Upon the purchase of this product, customers will be given access to downloadable, colorized versions of each of the interactive charts and graphics, with the option of creating printable posters for their ministry. By pointing to the Lord through expressive mediums, counselors and youth workers will be able to reach kids and teens in a unique, biblical way.


Julie Lowe, MA, is a faculty member at CCEF and a licensed professional counselor with nearly twenty years of counseling experience. Julie is also a registered play therapist and has developed a play therapy office at CCEF to better serve families, teens, and children. Julie is the author of Child Proof and Building Bridges, as well as the minibook Helping Your Anxious Child. Julie and her husband, Greg, have six children and serve as foster and adoptive parents.


"It is impossible with a few words to capture the love, wisdom, and practical helpfulness that splashes across every page of Building Bridges. If you are a parent and you want to know how to love and be God's tool of change in the lives of your children, you should read this book. If you are a teacher, children's counselor, or in children's or youth ministry, this book is absolutely essential for you. As a father of adult children, I read Building Bridges with gratitude for the many that it will help, but also with sadness that I didn't have it when our children were young. We cannot lose another generation of vulnerable children, made in the image of God, to the evils of life in this broken, groaning world, and for this reason, I enthusiastically commend Building Bridges to you."
--Paul David Tripp, Pastor; author; international conference speaker

"'Tell me about your problems,' rarely gives us access to children because words can elude them when emotions are complicated. Julie has given us creative and engaging means of drawing out a child's heart."
--Edward T. Welch, Faculty and counselor, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF); author of A Small Book about a Big Problem

"Counseling children and teens provides unique challenges to even the most gifted biblical counselors. Children and teens think and operate differently than adults, and connecting with them and understanding what lies within their hearts requires distinctive skills. Building Bridges is here to help. Julie Lowe has provided an excellent resource to explain the why, what, and how of connecting the truths of Scripture with the hearts of children and teens. Counselors, teachers, parents, Sunday school workers, and youth ministry workers will all benefit from the wealth of knowledge and tools in this work."
--C.W. Solomon, Executive Director, Biblical Counseling Coalition

"What a treasure Julie has given to the church and to parents in her latest book, Building Bridges. With the conviction that every child is an image bearer of the living God, Julie offers practical exercises, tools, and methods to draw out your child in conversation. In a culture that is quickly forgetting the art of conversation, Julie draws our gaze back to Scripture and shows us Jesus's heart for children. I am confident this book will bless and impact many families for the kingdom of God."
Jonathan D. Holmes, Executive Director, Fieldstone Counseling; pastor of counseling, Parkside Church

"Now and again, an exceptional book comes out that will prove to be a classic on a topic. Julie Lowe's Building Bridges is bound to become a classic biblical counseling resource for helping children and teens. Julie packs gospel-centered, grace-saturated truth in every chapter and ends the book with a trove of helpful exercises and worksheets. Pastors, youth and children's workers, and parents should get a copy, read it, and deploy the wisdom from its pages."
--Marty Machowski, Pastor; author of The Ology, Parenting First Aid, God Made Boys and Girls, and other gospel-centered resources for church and home

"For those of us who sometimes feel a bit lost in knowing how to winsomely connect with and get to know the hearts of the children we counsel, Julie Lowe has given us a very helpful resource. Building Bridges is full of extremely useful ideas and activities for gaining entry and speaking God's truth into the lives of hurting children. Anyone who wants to grow in their skills in counseling children will want a copy of this book."
--Amy Baker, Editor of Caring for the Souls of Children, Faith Resources

Additional Information:

Cover: Softcover
Number of Pages: 197
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2020